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Danilow's sometimes daily blog January 2014

 

01/31/2014 Clapper hyperbole:

James Clapper wants everyone to know how important his work is. Yesterday he claimed Syria to be training terrorists like crazy. Today he says there are enduring threats to the US from almost everywhere else—ostensibly he knows not why. Still he is highly regarded and permitted to lie to Congress with impunity. Being an accomplished liar is a sure way to be highly regarded in contemporary American government circles. Nevertheless I'd like to see him fired and exiled—one less internal threat to Constitutional principles.

01/29/2014 Syria:

Six months ago Syria's sarin was all the buzz and shortsighted US officialdom was hot to slaughter a few Syrians purportedly to save the world. Thanks primarily to Russia's Putin that effort failed to fly so now James Clapper, Mr.Credibility himself, is telling us that Syria is training terrorists hand over fist and them fellows shorenuff need to be stopped. Six months later the focus has moved from chemical weapons to training camps in a nation being ravaged by civil war.

Keep in mind this site's 2012 essay Thought:which says "Afghanistan was invaded using rationale chosen by Hitler when invading Poland. Back then the Fuhrer claimed Polish saboteurs so seriously threatened the homeland that invasion was actually a defensive maneuver. Likewise the US claimed Afghanistan's countryside to be so riddled with terrorist training camps that the US invasion of that country was a defensive maneuver—Nazi rationale repeated."

"And just look at us now. With all the brainpower, resources, and riches available to the leader of the free world the best we seem to do is elbow our way toward isolation and reprisals by avidly committing unforgivable atrocities which alienate most earthlings as we vainly try to thwart that inevitable redistribution of global wealth."

Related: Senator Rand Paul on Syria.

01/29/2014 abject futility:

The US has irretrievably lost its traditional raison d'etre now that unaccountable psychopaths oversee the sweet land of liberty. Human nature is always the ultimate culprit. Only improbable divine intervention could halt the slow-motion collapse of another self-serving nation—time-lapse karma in inevitable action.

01/27/2014 intelligence overreach:

Edward Snowden has said that NSA opportunistically engages in industrial espionage. This is no surprise. It has been shown that NSA-purloined information frequently is used for purposes other than anti-terrorism and NSA has no discernable track record in thwarting terrorism. Irrespective of evidence the characteristic blend of arrogance and ignorance in minds constricted by military training invariably maintains that intelligence overreach is oxymoronic. Nevertheless undue military influence arguably is responsible for much of what ails America today—nonetheless "off limits" in tomorrow's State of the Union address.

01/24/2014 extended unemployment benefits:

Since the preponderance of America's press opposes extending benefits to unemployed workers, it likely is a good idea. Certainly it is reasonable to be suspicious of national press in a nation providing $625 billion to slaughter foreigners for another year yet unable to locate $25 billion to feed its own hungry citizens. But unemployment benefits, they say, help neither the economy nor the unemployed. Foreign warfare on the other hand is as boon to the economy while creating unemployment problems for enemy countries—great thinking, probably why America is known as the leader of the free world. .

01/08/2014 to 01/17/2014 - Senator Paul & repealing AUMF

click HERE to visit Senator Rand Paul's web page about this issue.

Also keep in mind these words from this site's 2012 essay Thought:"Afghanistan was invaded using rationale chosen by Hitler when invading Poland. Back then the Fuhrer claimed Polish saboteurs so seriously threatened the homeland that invasion was actually a defensive maneuver. Likewise the US claimed Afghanistan's countryside to be so riddled with terrorist training camps that the US invasion of that country was a defensive maneuver—Nazi rationale repeated."

"And just look at us now. With all the brainpower, resources, and riches available to the leader of the free world the best we seem to do is elbow our way toward isolation and reprisals by avidly committing unforgivable atrocities which alienate most earthlings as we vainly try to thwart that inevitable redistribution of global wealth."

01/08/2014 - NSA proponents' oversight incentives HERE

01/07/2014 - oversight shortsightedness

US Senator Diane Feinstein and US Representative Mike Rogers should thank Edward Snowden for trying to accomplish their primary congressional tasks for them:

 

Surely the Constitution annoys any members of Congress pimping for Intelligence rather than managing Intelligence.
For more about this topic see yesterday's essay post: oversight

01/02/2014 - Snowden clemency?

Yesterday this site was not alone in advocating support for whistleblower Edward Snowden. Even the arguably enervated NYT published an editorial advocating clemency saying that thanks to Snowden's efforts "The public learned in great detail how the agency [NSA] has exceeded its mandate and abused its authority". Not surprisingly only two out of three federal judges have accused the agency of violating the Constitution which incidentally is indicative of an enormous behind the scenes power struggle between might and right. 01/01/2014 - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014! support your local whistleblower:

One great New Year's resolution would be to support all those high-profile whistleblowers whether you like 'em or not. Like US Representative Ted Poe of Texas admitted: "Snowden, I don't like him at all, but we would never have known what happened if he hadn't told us", and US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a chief architect of the PATRIOT Act, was quoted this way by National Review Online in August "the administration has collected the details of every call made by every American, even though the overwhelming majority of these calls have nothing to do with terrorism ... The suggestion that the administration can violate the law because Congress failed to object is outrageous. But let them be on notice: I am objecting right now."

Seemingly all of this is pitting might against right. Two federal judges recently issued diametrically opposed opinions over the constitutionality of NSA surveillance efforts thereby increasing the odds of an eventual ruling by that historically less-than-neutral Supreme Court. It appears that NSA actions unequivocally are unconstitutional and tyrannical, at least to those with mindsets wanting the Bill of Rights restored along with habeas corpus, the castle doctrine, presumption of innocence, and posse comitatus. Certainly it seems to many that Congress is legislatively short-sighted if not traitorous. Ben Franklin warned against giving up rights and freedoms for perceived safety yet nowadays perceived safety has given impetus to many a bad law and provided sumptuously for many a member of the military-industrial-surveillance communities, likely the most powerful lobbyist organzation in DC.

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